It was fun to travel with ships. You must try it
Great shopping, boats, fresh fish seaside, lots of local color
Eminonu is the general area at the southeastern end of the Galata Bridge. It spans the old and the new Istanbul. A hundred buses leave its terminal every hour, to destinations far and near. A dozen ferries are launched from its piers, a short distance across the Bosphorus to the Asian side of the city or farther up the strait. You'll delight in all the street you'll hope to find. All this, and more, makes Eminonu one of the most vibrant areas of this extraordinary metropolis.
The historic peninsula is divided into two districts: Eminonu and Fatih. Eminonu is where you'll find most of the major attractions: Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, New Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar and others. Closer to Sultanahmet you'll find this to be one of the more touristy areas of town but closer to the water in the streets around the Spice Bazaar you can find more authentic shops, restaurants and sites.